This morning around 7:45am Eva, Pepita and I were starting out for our walk from the fishermen’s ramada on the beach near my home. We try to time our walks to low tide because most of this area of Clemente has little or no beach at high tide. The surf was pounding so hard that I could hear each crash of the waves from inside our home…high tide was 2:24am – this was not high tide it was very near to low tide  – 8:24am  – so to hear the waves crashing means that the surf is very high and very strong. The one woman who lives right near the fisherman told Eva that we were having an Aguaje (translated unusually high tide or rough seas). Very few boats were out in the water actually I only saw one fishing boat leaving shore during our entire walk.

Click on the link below to see a short video on youtube of the beach this morning.

This is the aguaje chart for 2013:

It looked to be low tide but we were surprised several times on our walk when the waves came so far inland and at one point all three of us were wet almost to our waists when one wave crashed onto our walking area hundreds of feet from where it broke out at sea.


11 thoughts on “Aguaje

    • David, I cannot imagine how loud the surf has been for the past day. I only saw one boat going out today and not one person in the water…

  1. Thought this was interesting so I checked out the aguajes link. October is the only month that does not have an aguajes right after the new moon. Wonder why?. Also, I never see shells on the beach. Are there any?

    • Hi Deborah, Not sure about the aguajes this honestly is the first real high and strong waves we have seen. Yes, there are some small shells but for some reason the ocean does not deposit a great deal of shells on the beach. At certain times you will see star fish, other times you will find a large quantity of sand dollars that have been dug up but honestly I have only found very small shells and most are cracked and chipped. This is definitely not a shelling beach. Now down the coast in Salinas I found a great assortment of shells while we were living there. Thanks for your comment. N

      • Good morning, Nancy. Thanks for your reply. And thanks for writing such an informative blog. As small as San Clemente is, you guys must have the “bloggingest” group of expats per capita of any area in South.America. Like so many others, I hope to relocate to a coastal area in Ecuador in the not too distant future. Blogs are a great way to get some local flavor prior to the exploratory trek. Can’t wait! Have to start working on my Spanish. Although I grew up along the Texas Mexico border, I never learned to speak Spanish. However, living in an area that was approximately 92% Hispanic meant I definitely had exposure to the Latino culture. It will be interesting to see how different the Ecuadorian culture is. Keep up the good work, Deborah

        • Hi Deborah. thanks for following our blog. Not sure about the “bloggingest” group but there are a good number of us like John and Mary MacDonald, Ken Kidd and David Hitchcock..Having a blog is a great place to keep photos and a record of our little adventure…If you like all the cultural things I am sure you are reading blogs from all over Ecuador, so much information out there compared to when Joe and I were looking for anything, a picture, a little article on the coast, nothing was available…when we found a picture Joe would download it especially of the mercados or supermarkets and we would look at every veggie or fruit to see what was available. Best of luck, Nancy

  2. the river seemed high today, and i wondered if there was another aguaje. i learned the term years ago because the shrimp producers harvest their ponds according to the times of the aguajis. it was years before i found out how to spell it, and of course, ‘duh,’ i realized it related to the word for water!

    • Z, the Aguaje chart that Joe found said we would have several days from the 6th on with high and strong waves. The beach was nice yesterday much calmer than the past few days so maybe we are over the hump. We learn things new about the language and culture every day…be well Nancy

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